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Dolphins continue to practice while in labor limbo

Miami Dolphins v Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Ricky Williams #34 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates with Jake Long #77 after Williams scored a touchdown during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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NFL players were told they couldn’t work out at their team facilities on Tuesday, so 20 Miami Dolphins held practice on their own.

Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have actually been getting together like this for a while. Several starters on offense and defense including quarterback Chad Henne participated in agility drills, before the “skill” players broke out for an extra hour of passing drills.

We especially like this passage:

“Tackle Jake Long, a team captain, held a few papers in his hand as he instructed players on the type of agility drills to run. Players got into single-file lines, following Long’s instructions as if he were a coach,” Darlington wrote.

Long even told every player present to refrain from speaking to the media about the lockout or the daily practices.

Maybe he really does have a future in coaching.